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Delayed periods due to stress and anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Menstruation and Miscarriage
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User :   My boyfriend and I (both 28-years-old) were intimtate Thursday night/Friday morning (it is now Saturday afternoon). We were both naked, and while there was no ejaculation or penetration, his penis did rub across the opening of my vagina, and he repeatedly stuck his finger in my vagina. He had not ejaculated at least 24 hours prior to our intimacy (more than likely it was 2 or 3 days prior), and had urinated normally throughout the day, including once before and once during our intimacy. I have what I think could be considered a normal menstrual cycle - for the past three months, for example, it has been 25-26 days. I estimated that I should have received my period on Thursday or Friday, but nothing has happened yet. Of course my first thought was that I was pregnant even though, as I said, there was no ejaculation or penetration. I do have a clear, liquid discharge that I believe I have gotten before prior to the onset of my period, but my head has been all over the place during the last 24 hours that I can't really remember. While we have fooled around throughout our six month relationship, neither one of us have had sexual intercourse (penetration) with each other or anyone. Is it possible I'm being overly panicked?
Doctor :   Hi
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Let me read it.
User :   Ok
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Let me explain it to you.
User :   Ok
Doctor :  
Usually there are many reasons for irregularities in menstrual period.
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And one of those causes are pregnancy.
User :   Right
Doctor :  
A non penetrative intercourse where one there is no ejaculation does not result in pregnancy.
User :   But isn't it possible that sperm can travel through pre-ejaculation?
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One of the exceptions being a very rare scenario where there is contact with the precum.
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So very rarely there can be pregnancy as a result of contact with precum.
User :   Ok
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I would put it as 1 in 200 times chances.
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So though, I do not think you are pregnant and your symptoms may have been related to the stress,
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I would still advice you to get urine pregnancy test and if it has been already done,
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to repeat it after a weeks time.
User :   Ok. I haven't done one yet. And even though his penis did rub across my vagina, it never entered it at all
Doctor :  
A negative report on the pregnancy test will rule the chances of pregnancy.
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I suggest these test for 2 reasons.
User :   Ok
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1. To actually check if you are pregnant.
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2. A negative reports is a better way of treating the anxiety symptoms.
User :   Ok.
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Like they say seeing is believing,
User :   Gotcha
Doctor :   At this point I would like to know if you are on any birth pills?
User :   If I do get my period in a day or two, will that rule out pregnancy?
User :   I am not.
Doctor :  
Ok.
Doctor :   Any alteration in the periods from normal menstrual period are sign of pregnancy, but in your case,
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as you mentioned that there was no ejaculation,
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I would not count this sign for pregnancy.
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I just could be related to the stress factors.
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User :   Yes. Thank you.
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User :   No. Thanks!
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